Páramo Cascada II (2015)


Páramo Cascada II overtrousers are an extremely popular and well-established favourite with British hillwalkers, thanks to unique fabric that is more breathable than most other options while also keeping the user dry in typical British mountain weather. You get nice long side zips with press studs so you can vent the leg. The knees are articulated and there is cuff adjustment. 5/5


For men these are available in sizes S to XXL and for women they are available in sizes XS to XL with three leg lengths on offer. Páramo Cascada II overtrousers has a slimmer fit than in the past, making them a better fit for most people in theory – and for me they do fit better. The waist is elasticated and has belt loops so you can tweak the fit as needed. 5/5


The new fit is closer but still not restrictive and I also like the softness of the fabric as this allows ease of movement. In cold, wet conditions Páramo Cascada II overtrousers do feel far cosier than conventional overtrousers but I find that in warmer, wet weather they can be too warm. So not always ideal as trousers to wear all year, unlike some options. 4/5

In use

At 523g (size L) Páramo Cascada II overtrousers are quite heavy so you’ll notice them in your pack, but in cold weather they are comfy enough to wear all day so this is less of a drawback, except for sunny winter days. They are easily reproofed and tend to maintain their performance longer than conventional trousers thanks to their reproofing ability, which is more effective than others’. 4/5


Páramo Cascada II overtrousers are a good price as from my experience this system lasts far longer than other trousers and hence they are worth the outlay. 4/5


Páramo Cascada II overtrousers are some of the best walking trousers available for cold and wet conditions; but in warmer wet weather others have advantages. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015